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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Anti-Peace Activists

Robin Williams making the rounds entertaining the troops in Afghanistan recently. In one of the few lines that meets the lofty censorship standards at Lex Rex, Williams quipped, "it's a lot like Palm Springs, except for the mines and the small-weapons fire." Ok, funny enough, but how do we reconcile with Williams anti-war stance? Consider the following blistering attack on Bush, while, ironically enough, criticizing what he sees as his country's mixed messages when it comes to national security:
"America is broke, basically, but Bush wants to wage a war that costs pretty much a billion dollars a month...We have a president for whom English is a second language... He's like 'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself....In America, we have orange alert, but what the hell does that mean? We're supposed to be afraid of Krishna? Of orange sorbet? Then it's like, 'You can't go out and shop, it's too dangerous out there,' but if that happens then the economy falls. The message is so mixed: 'Be afraid, but not too afraid.'"
But it is Mr. Williams' message that is so mixed. Opposing the war (and the sitting president during war) while "supporting" the troops is as consistent as a pro-abortion celebrity donating money to National Right to Life. "I'm pro abortion but I support those fighting to eliminate it?" Uhmm, yeah, right. In the opinion of Lex Rex, entertainers like Williams are parasitical in that they seek to suck the life blood of their rather un noble cause from the very source that is the target of their cause. It allows them and others a photo op and a stage to repeat the mantra, "see, it is possible to oppose the war but support the troops." Why do we allow such things? Do we not have any say in who entertains the troops? During WWII, those that entertained the troops supported the war.

Steve Feinberg wrote: "The entertainers who flew around to boost the morale of the troops were as important as a fresh supply of ammo. Bob Hope's exploits are well-documented and legendary. Mickey Rooney -- a K-bar knife, hanging from his belt -- won the Bronze Star for insisting that his pilot fly him into a combat zone to give the troops a few laughs. Marlene Dietrich was often found at the front line, without fanfare, German 88's exploding close by, singing a song to the exhausted troops. In Hollywood and New York, troops could drop into the Stage Door Canteen and hobnob with and be entertained by celebrities there. The celebs were not serving up mac and cheese, and donuts and coffee, for a possible photo op, but because they loved America and what America was trying to do. They considered it doing their part. The celebrities of the day, for the most part, loved America."

There is little difference philosophically in what we face today in the present war. Had anti-WWII pacifism won the day, how many more would have died from this brand of "peace"? Just as Fox News were among the first to re-label "suicide bombers" to what they really are, homicide bombers, I think it is time we name anti-war activists for what they really are: anti-peace.